How to holiday if you’re a total cheapskate

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Holidays make for incredible experiences no matter what kind of traveller you are or where you decide to travel. But the downside of a holiday is that it can be quite costly. Thankfully there are economical options suited to all types of travellers.

Whether you are planning a family getaway or want to experience an extended backpacking holiday, here are some great low budget destinations that are sure to please.

To be assured your low-priced holiday doesn’t turn into an expensive nightmare, be sure to secure your travel insurance long before your travels begin. This could save you a great deal of money should you require overseas medical treatment, have lost bags or personal belongings, and covers you for a wide range of activities. There are many ways to purchase affordable travel insurance plans.

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For Families

Australian families need only take a short inexpensive flight across the Tasman Sea to experience an incredible holiday together. A safe and relaxing country, New Zealand offers a wide array of attractions and activities the whole family will enjoy. Best of all is the conversion rate works in favour of the Australian.

Enjoy incredible wildlife experiences like Auckland’s Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, Wellington’s Zealandia which is home to rare and endemic wildlife like the kiwi bird, and dolphin spotting tours located throughout the country. Visit Hobbiton to get your Lord of the Rings fix or learn about the Maori culture.

Visit numerous museums and partake in a range of outdoor recreation for a fun, healthy, and educational holiday. Make sure your travel insurance covers the whole family

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For Backpackers

Backpacking anywhere is a good way to enjoy a low cost holiday, but backpacking through Thailand is hard to match in terms of affordability.

Cities like Bangkok and Phuket may not be the best option for low cost accommodation, food, and attractions. It is therefore recommended one travel away from the all inclusive resorts located along the popular beaches and head off the beaten path where you can enjoy lodging and meals for extremely low rates. Taking night buses and overnight trains will save you even more as you won’t need accommodation for the night.

Explore Thailand’s true natural beauty, authentic villages, and stunning temples in places like Chiang Mai, Pai, Kanchanaburi, and Khao Sok National Park.

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For Honeymooners

Mexico has no shortage of incredibly relaxing resorts scattered along its eastern and western shorelines offering the perfect escape for a newly married couple. Take in the sand, sun, and surf as you enjoy beautiful weather nearly all year round.

Head to Mexico’s west coast to experience Los Cabos and Baja or go east to enjoy Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Choose from a large selection of all inclusive resorts, all of which offer incredible luxuries and five star treatment. You can also opt for selecting a couples only or adults only resort for the ultimate romantic getaway.

Enjoy white sand beaches, palm trees, delicious cuisine, and archaeological wonders.

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For Adventurers

Africa may seem quite far away, however, holidays to South Africa are relatively easy and affordable from Australia. Luxurious accommodation can usually be booked for much less than you are used to paying and there are wonderful campsites which can save you even more.

Travelling to South Africa during low season (May to August) can save you further money on flights and safaris. Renting a car is also quite economical and allows you to freely explore all the country has to offer.

Enjoy an unforgettable safari in Kruger National Park, enjoy a self-drive itinerary along the Garden Route, or take in all the beauty of Cape Town. Cape Town offers the majestic Table Mountain, the lush Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and the delightful penguins of Boulders Beach.

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For Nature and Wildlife Enthusiasts

Borneo offers a wide range of rare and endangered wildlife including Orangutans, Clouded Leopards, Proboscis Monkeys, and Pygmy Elephants. The island of Borneo can be easily accessed from Australia via a quick stopover in Singapore or Kuala Lumpur and is made up of three countries including Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia.

Public buses run to many of Borneo’s National Parks, vehicles can be rented inexpensively, and internal flights are quite inexpensive. And best of all, the wildlife experiences here are responsible ones.

Witness and photograph stunning flora and fauna in places like Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, and Bako National Park.

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For Cruise Lovers

Australia provides many cruise options for travellers and a Pacific Islands cruise can be a great economical option. Leaving from Sydney, a Pacific Islands cruise takes in exotic islands like Noumea, Mystery Island, and Lifou.

Your cruise price generally includes your accommodation, all main meals, and shipboard activities. Experience some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and dive into the culture and history of the islands via traditional villages.